Our last two weeks lessons was all about the ibadah umrah.
We discussed about the ibadah and went through the rukun and also the sunnah for each rites. We discussed the forbidden things to do. What halal things that become haram during the ihram.
We tried to memorise the supplication, the niyah, talbeeyah, the dua befoe entering Kaabah area, looking at hajaratul aswad, the supplication between rukun yemeni and hajaratul aswad.
I checked the children’s recitation of suratul kafirun. Then we memorised the saee’s supllication. I told them the story of Prophet Abraham a.s. and Siti hajar and Prophet ismael and how the ritual of sa’ee began.
I emphasised on the sacrifice that all of them made for the sake of Allah. It is important for us to see the story of Siti Hajar on how when she learnt that Prophet Abaraham a.s. left them in the barren desert by Allah’s order, she was content. She submitted and believe that Allah will protect them.
This is something we need to keep repeating to the children (and ourselves). Allahs asks for us now to obey Him, do things that are told, do extra things for Him to please Him and to stay away from haram. Instill to them that we need not question Allah’s order and submit to Him alone.
Anyway, H, was initially not so happy about shaving off his whole head for tahallul. I do not want to make him do things that he didn’t really want to do. However I narrated to him this hadith,
Bukhari :: Book 2 :: Volume 26 :: Hadith 785
Narrated Abdullah bin Umar:
Allah’s Apostle said, “O Allah! Be merciful to those who have their head shaved.” The people said, “O Allah’s Apostle! And (invoke Allah for) those who get their hair cut short.” The Prophet said, “O Allah! Be merciful to those who have their head shaved.” The people said, “O Allah’s Apostle! And those who get their hair cut short.” The Prophet said (the third time), “And to those who get their hair cut short.” Nafi’ said that the Prophet had said once or twice, “O Allah! Be merciful to those who get their head shaved,” and on the fourth time he added, “And to those who have their hair cut short.”
Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. prayed three time for Mercy from Allah to those who shaved their whole head. I also talked to him about the feeling of humility in the eyes of Allah. He now agrees to it. Of course I also told him that he will have two weeks school holiday, the hair will grow a bit by then. Not to mention, macho. 😛
S wanted to shave off her head too, listening to this hadith. Allah makes things easier for woman, Alhamdullilah, we are spared from doing so.
We discuss other things that we can do throughout our stay in Makkah and Madinah. Among them for example
3. Lots of dzikirs
4. Read the Quran. Try and set a target to complete. To complete it would be good.
5. Perhaps set a target to memorise more surahs.
6. We can do ziarahs to some places. Among them in line are visiting all the places for hajj rites. H really wants to to visit the Mount Uhud. He wants the feeling of climbing it too.
I prepared a document of a simple guideline for the kids to do umrah. I also printed out the basic supplications and printed them out on small cards. They will look at them this week and have them memorised Insya Allah. You can check them out here. I urge you to inform me of any mistakes in this document so that I can have it rectified where appropriate and thus we can learn from each other.
The cover page is designed by S. Then both H and and Z wanted their drawings on the book too. I will perhaps edit this book and put their drawings in the book itself.
For other supplications, as the sunnah is, there are no specific supplication narrated in hadith. I gave them some tips to help them focus on the dua that they can make, Insya Allah. I pray to Allah that He accepts this humble effort of mine to help bring the children closer to Him.
We made a practice of doing the umrah. And doing pretend tawaf and sa’ee. In fact the whole do. They had fun and I believed it helped them understand the whole rites.
Pray for our safe journey and things to be made easy on us. Ameen